2 05, 2019

Extending the Range of a Low Power UAV Radio

By |2019-05-13T12:50:41+00:00May 2nd, 2019|Design Innovation, Product Development|

Low-power UAV radio systems, though designed for short distance communications, can be an inexpensive and reliable means of communications over greater distances – especially when the application is small UAS platforms. Many of these radios come with a variety of options including programmable bandwidths, RF power settings, and modulation type. Usually the bandwidth and modulation [...]

2 05, 2019

Cost Effective Full-Duplex Systems Utilizing a Semi-Custom Approach

By |2019-05-02T18:25:16+00:00May 2nd, 2019|Design Innovation, Product Development|

The requirements of modern datalinks in the UAV and large airframe market present challenges for systems designers. Many modern communication systems often require full-duplex operation, and several systems may be operating on a single airframe. At the same time size, aerodynamic and radar signature concerns can limit the ability of designers and integrators to add [...]

14 02, 2019

Balancing Linearity and Efficiency in a Power Amplifier

By |2019-04-17T18:49:35+00:00February 14th, 2019|Design Innovation, Uncategorized|

Achieving both high linearity and high efficiency together in a Radio Frequency (RF) Power Amplifier (PA) system is challenging. Typical designs for highly efficient PAs (i.e., greater than 40% DC power efficiency) involve operating devices in their non-linear range, i.e., at or near compression (saturation). A PA operating in its nonlinear region inherently creates distortion [...]

27 12, 2018

What is MIL STD 461 Testing?

By |2019-04-22T15:16:45+00:00December 27th, 2018|Design Innovation, Testing|

The Department of Defense (DoD) purchases a vast array of electronic and electrical devices that must be integrated into various platforms with many other devices and function without degraded performance (electromagnetic susceptibility), and conversely, must function without causing degradation of performance for other devices (electromagnetic emissions). Similarly, electromagnetic interference (EMI) is a commonly used term [...]

14 12, 2018

Why is RF Filtering so Important?

By |2019-04-22T17:15:42+00:00December 14th, 2018|Design Innovation, RF Filters|

Why is RF filtering so important? Simply put, filters reduce the interference in the environment that affects the performance of the communication system, and reduce the interference caused by the communication system. The lack of RF filtering can affect the performance of the UAS in a number of ways: Communication range is reduced due to [...]

30 10, 2018

Preparing for the SWARM

By |2019-04-22T17:21:57+00:00October 30th, 2018|Design Innovation|

Like a locust super-swarm in Madagascar, similar to a scene in BBC America’s “Planet Earth II” (image 1), commercial and government programs alike are aiming to employ “swarms” of UAV’s in domestic and overseas operations2. This includes counter-UAS systems, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, near-space and hurricane hunting drones. Swarms of UAVs can be controlled through autonomous [...]

12 09, 2018

Ball Grid Array (BGA) Mounting

By |2019-04-22T18:07:40+00:00September 12th, 2018|Design Innovation|

Ball grid array (BGA) is a method of surface-mount packaging used for integrated circuits (ICs), whereby the entire bottom surface of the IC is covered with an array of small solder balls to permanently mount devices such as microcontrollers, microprocessors, RAM devices, etc. to printed circuit boards. BGAs support a higher pin count compared to [...]

2 08, 2018

In The Know… Advances in Wireless Technology

By |2019-04-22T18:33:45+00:00August 2nd, 2018|Design Innovation|

Did you know that NuWaves Engineering has been taking on some new and exciting RF Design Service projects lately, expanding NuWaves’ experience and expertise into new and diverse industries? Over the past few months, NuWaves has kicked-off a number of projects partnering with customers that serve diverse industries such as medical, public safety, and the [...]

13 07, 2018

NuWaves’ Recent Filter Development That Addresses Today’s Biggest Issue and Bottleneck in GPS Satellite Communications

By |2019-04-22T18:38:03+00:00July 13th, 2018|Design Innovation|

NuWaves recently finished development on a high-powered triplexer to support GPS-III communication services. NuWaves’ triplexer is a unique and advanced piece of hardware that serves a specific purpose in satellite communications. GPS operating frequencies have the unfortunate fate of residing in a narrow range of frequencies that induce an effect known as multipaction. Multipaction is [...]

9 03, 2018

When Should a Design Consider Using a Custom MMICs

By |2019-04-24T18:02:22+00:00March 9th, 2018|Design Innovation, RF Amplifier|

The continuing drive to improve the Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) of electronics becomes challenging with consumer-off-the-shelf (COTS) lumped element components since the designers are limited by the physical size of packaged components and limitations of assembly processes.  Moreover, as spectrum congestion forces new systems to move higher in frequency, the performance of radio frequency [...]